November 30, 2023

A genealogically sensitive subject is anything about an individual or family that might have been kept secret, or if mentioned, hushed up. How do you walk the fine line between accuracy and sensitivity when writing or talking about sensitive subjects like divorce, out-of-wedlock births, spousal abuse, or suicide? Learn how documents may reveal unexpected secrets to you and questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to reveal or maintain the secret. Ms. Rollins will discuss how she has handled each with examples from her own family research.  David Laskin, best-selling author of the book, The Family, called this presentation “spellbinding,” in this article in The Forward:

Jane Neff Rollins is a professional genealogist at Sherlock Combs Genealogy,® who works primarily with clients whose roots were in the former Russian Empire. Jane has lectured at conferences sponsored by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, and Federation of Genealogical Societies, among others. Her genealogical writing has appeared in Avotaynu, FGS Forum, NGS Magazine, Pennsylvania Legacies, and Crossroads.